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Sports News of Saturday, 15 February 2020


Kotoko to lock horns with Ashgold

Ashantigold face Kotoko in a regional derby Ashantigold face Kotoko in a regional derby

Asante Kotoko and Ashantigold will be locked up in a fierce Ghana Premier League (GPL) regional derby at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium tomorrow.

It is a top 10th week fixture that will define their fate in the bid grab any of the top three positions on the league table.

Both teams have been exciting to watch this season, recording encouraging results to keep their dreams alive.

It will be a big game for the Porcupine Warriors though considering their struggles with clubs at the top half of the table.

But the most important thing is that they are able to overcome the struggles to emerge eventual winners; the games against Liberty Professionals and Hearts of Oak are clear examples.

Against the Miners, Kotoko will have things extremely tough especially in the absence of their vociferous fans currently serving a Disciplinary Committee ban arising out of an attack on match officials.

However, their resolution to gun for the title will spur them against Ashgold who were full of promise when they played Hearts of Oak in Accra.

Like a typical academy squad, the Miners will want to have more of the ball and attack the Porcupine Warriors who are also playing well by creating very few chances.

Kotoko are favourites to win considering the danger Emmanuel Gyamfi, Justice Blay, Patrick Yeboah and wield but at their defensive best, Ashgold can hold their own and come out with a draw.

Bechem United will make a trip to the capital when they play as guests of Accra Hearts of Oak in another dicey game for the Phobians at the Accra Sports Stadium.

The visiting team appear to have improved on their away form and that could make the Phobians sit on the edges of their seat just as it happened to Berekum Chelsea on their opening day fixture.

Hearts, though, have been not been so brilliant but have been good going forward but have been let down by their inability to take their chances.

Against WAFA, Aduana Stars and Ashgold recently, they created several match-winning opportunities which were wasted by Joseph Esso and Barnie Afriyie.

Bechem may not provide a stiffer opposition like any of the aforementioned the stadium for which reason Hearts will be expected to have a great day but to avoid a shock.

WAFA and Dreams FC will battle it out at the Sogakope pitch in what the host are expected to capitalized on the advantage that comes with the astro pitch to win.

Many of the visiting teams are usually not comfortable playing there and determine their fate before the start but having drawn with Hearts and Kotoko and lost to Liberty Professionals there, it means visiting teams have found a way to face the academy lads amd that is what Dreams FC must look out for.

The Akoon park will be full of fireworks when home team, Medeama SC engage Elmina Shark just as Liberty Professionals aould be expected to be at their very best to earn a point against Aduana Stars at the Dansoman Carl Reindorf Park.

Dwarfs will have it tough at home when they play Karela at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium with Inter Allies hoping to cause an upset by beating Berekum Chelsea at Berekum.

Techiman Eleven Wonders will welcome King Faisal to Techiman in what could be a second successive win for the host.